Ashley is an Assistant Event Coordinator for the Simons Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Ashley spent over five years in the nonprofit sector managing the daily and programmatic operations of a small yet fast-growing organization in Oakland. Ashley graduated from California State University, Chico in December of 2011 with a degree in Multicultural and Gender Studies and a minor in Managing Diversity in Organizations. In her free time, she loves to explore nature, eat good food, and most importantly, participate in anything related to seeing, petting, and/or being near dogs, including her own three dogs, Rudy, Eddie, and Belle. She also enjoys volunteering at the local East Bay SPCA every Sunday walking shelter dogs.